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Happy New Year

As a New Year dawns, we wish our family, friends and followers a peaceful and happy 2018.

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Quit is not in this trekker’s vocabulary

What takes 13 pairs of shoes, 6,000 calories day, 252 days while losing 25 pounds?

Check this out.


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Arches’ grandeur thrives superlatively

Delicate Arch welcomes the morning sun as snow-capped mountains form a backdrop.

Sue stands on a ledge on the path to Delicate Arch.

Violent forces lasting millions of years have produced one of the most peaceful and inspiring sites on Earth, Arches National Park in Utah.

We knew that small parking lots at trail heads fill up quickly on busy days so we left early this morning, thinking a Monday would be a good bet. It worked.

Formed by water and ice, extreme temperatures and salt movement underground, more than 2,000 arches grace the park.

We started with the most popular, Delicate Arch, and the three-mile trek was almost as spectacular as the destination. By the time we returned to our car, the parking spaces were full. The park is expanding the lot, making us speculate about the resulting crowded conditions at the arch.

Another trek took us to Landscape Arch, the park's longest, at 306 feet.

At the Fiery Furnace, top photo, we learned the redness in the rocks is caused by oxidized iron. They turn white when the iron is washed out.

This park has much more than arches, as you will see when you visit the Courthouse Towers.


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Inspiration, and perhaps a kick in the …

This list rang home more than any other we have seen recently.


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Forge your own path to happiness


We must all take responsibility for the care and maintenance of our personal trail to happiness.

Happiness was a much discussed topic leading up to our recent move north. Leaving the life we knew to start over in a new city was exciting, but would we be happy?

While scrolling through the news the other day, I stumbled upon this article – Ten Things Happy People Understand.

Although I consider myself a happy person, (most of the time) I opened the article and started to read, curious to discover if I qualified as one of the “Happy People.”

Happiness, according to this article, will take a lot of work. But what in life that’s worth having ever comes easily? You may or may not agree with these ten points, but they certainly provide some food for thought. As for me, I’m reassured that we have a reasonably good shot of finding happiness here in Ashland.












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Shall we go for a walk?

Reg and I have asked this question of each other many times since we first met. Over the years we've walked miles and miles together. The arrival of our three boys didn't slow us down. We once bribed them, one chocolate M & M at a time, encouraging their little preschool legs to complete the 3.5-mile loop around the Wawona Meadow in Yosemite. It took us the better part of the day!

One of my favorite things about living in Ashland is being able to head out my front door and set foot in any direction. My walks have taken me uphill and down, through neighborhoods filled with beautiful homes and into downtown where restaurants and boutiques await. The fresh air and local beauty are my therapy.

It took determination to conquer the hills above Ashland, but the views are well worth the challenge.

Walking with my camera in hand made me see and appreciate the little things along the way.


The slow pace of walking allows one to appreciate the the simple things in life; things that might otherwise go unnoticed. And the best part is that it doesn't cost a thing! All you need is a pair of shoes, and you too can discover what treasures are hiding in your neighborhood. It will be fun…I promise!

The Hargadine Cemetery is tucked into the hillside of a residential neighborhood. It is named on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Sometimes there are lessons to learn from my wandering. I stumbled upon the Hargadine Cemetery one day as I was walking around a corner, downhill towards home. It was obviously a fascinating piece of history, so I couldn't resist wandering among the weathered headstones. After a little research I learned that Robert Hargadine was a local merchant and one of three original founders of this community once known as Ashland Mills. Sadly, his one-year-old daughter was the first to be buried on the wooded slope back in 1867.





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Here’s a big dose of motivation!

Is the cup half full or half empty?

Or, is it overflowing with joy?

Well, for this kid, happiness is a way of life.

I have been fortunate to know some people like this. In a way, this reminds me of my amazing, late friends Ron and Craig. Their attitudes are still alive, with me, and many others, I expect. They make me smile!


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Life’s path redirected by chance meeting


When James and Gitta unexpectedly crossed paths, a new journey began for them both.




Much like a well-worn trail, life provides a beautiful journey of highs and lows. We smile easily from the mountaintop where possibilities seem endless. It is when we gaze up from below, unsure where our path will lead, that our optimisim is challenged.

We met James and Gitta while hiking the Camino de Santiago in April of 2013. Both far more experienced walkers than we were, they taught us how to embrace the Camino Spirit…and not to walk over 12 miles each day!

We learned that Gitta had completed her first Camino several years earlier, walking from her home in Copenhagen, Denmark, through to Santiago, in celebration of her 60th birthday. The trek took her six months. We were in awe! Now she was back, accompanying James as he completed the missing segment of his first Camino.

As it has done for hundreds of years, the Camino continues to provide modern day Pilgrims with a sense of purpose; to ask questions, to seek answers, to reflect, express gratitude…to take a chance.

One evening, James shared with us the story of what led him to originally walk the Camino, and how that chance decision changed the path of his life.

It was at his late wife's burial that James' good friend suggested they walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago together. Standing at one of life's many crossroads, James immediately agreed and their plan was set in motion.

Six months after their return, James and his friend made plans to attend a meeting of fellow Camino Pilgrims. However, at the last minute, his trekking partner was unable to attend, leaving James with a decision to make: Enjoy an unexpected quiet evening alone or step into a room filled with unfamiliar faces. After some thought, James took a chance and made the decision to attend the meeting solo. As luck would have it (perhaps it was destiny or the magic of the Camino) Gitta too, chose to attend that same meeting where, at some point in the evening, she crossed paths with James.

The rest, as they say, is history!



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Running for life

Sharman completes the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in San Diego. You Go Girl!


When passions collide, the results can be inspirational. I know this is true because I've watched my friend Sharman prove it; mile after mile, running half marathons to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Sharman and I met as co-workers and quickly became friends. When she moved back to Southern California she spent some time working with a travel agent, organizing and leading trips for various groups. She also stepped up her exercise program, working out and improving her fitness. Travel and good health…two passions that continue to inspire her today.

In 2007, Sharman's best friend lost her husband after a battle with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. When faced with more friends and family members battling blood cancers, Sharman took action. She ran her first half marathon in 2011, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Today, she has set her goals with plans to run two fundraising half marathons each year; one somewhere in the United States and a second outside of the USA. Helping the ones she loves while doing what she loves has become a lifestyle for Sharman.

What goals have your passions inspired? If you'd like to read more about what inspires Sharman, check out her story here.





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